The Australian Research Council administers two Programs: the Discovery Program and the Linkage Program. Several different funding schemes sit under these programs, each with a unique focus.
Discovery Program: The ARC's Discovery funding schemes recognise the importance of fundamental research to the national innovation system. A strong capability in fundamental research (sometimes called discovery, basic or blue sky research) will result in the development of new ideas, the creation of jobs, economic growth and an enhanced quality of life in Australia.
Linkage Program: The ARC's Linkage funding schemes aim to encourage and extend cooperative approaches to research and improve the use of research outcomes by strengthening links within Australia and internationally. Linkage promotes national and international research partnerships between researchers and business, industry, community organisations and other publicly funded research agencies. By supporting the development of partnerships, the ARC encourages the transfer of skills, knowledge and ideas as a basis for securing commercial and other benefits of research.
Further information on current ARC funding opportunities:
ANU researchers interested in applying for an ARC grant should access the ANU Funding Portal for submission guidelines. The portal is a 'one-stop shop' available to all ANU researchers, and contains a range of current research funding opportunities, awards and prizes. It outlines what researchers need to consider or do at each stage of a research project.
Applying from outside the University:
Non-ANU researchers who wish to apply for funding through the ANU should notify the relevant College Research Office of their interest. It is advisable to make contact as far in advance as possible (ideally no later than 4 weeks before the funder submission deadline).